Entry requirements

We usually require you to have a good upper second class degree in Drama, Theatre or a related discipline area.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The Master of Arts by Research in Drama is a research degree that offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project of your choosing. The degree programme is intended both as an award in its own right or as a progression route to a PhD. You will complete an extended dissertation on an area of your particular interest, informed by a critical awareness of the current issues in the discipline, supervised by academic staff. The Masters by Research degree is assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words.

The MbyRes programmes are two years full time or three years part time. There is no minimum registration period and students may complete their studies within a shorter time scale. However, students who are accessing financial support through the Student Loan Company Postgraduate Research Loan should be aware that funding payments are scheduled across two years of the defined full time programme duration, or three years for part-time equivalents.

Drama at Exeter is an internationally-renowned centre for practice, research and teaching, and offers a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research and practice, welcoming students from around the world. Academic staff research interests are diverse and include international performer training; contemporary performance practices; theatre for cultural development and social change; British Asian performance; dramaturgy, playwriting and adaptation; site-specific performance; theatre historiography; theatre and wellbeing; activism and political performance; nineteenth century popular culture and performance; physical and dance theatre; street arts; diaspora and transnational theatre; environmental humanities; live art; theatre and sound; voice studies; music as performance; eighteenth-century performance; medical humanities; early modern theatre; gender and theatre-making.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Learn more about funding opportunities on the course page.

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

distance learning
24-36 months
part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
humanities-pgadmissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1392 725306